Advisor of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee, Advisor Mayiek Maper giving a speech during the the launch of the Action Plan For Peace In Rumbek [Photo by Mabor Riak]
By Mabor Riak Magok
RUMBEK, 13 March 2017 [Gurtong] -The Peace and Reconciliation Advisor, Mayiek Maper Manyiel urged all faith based groups during the launch to utilize funds by achieving peace and stability among the community of Western Lakes State.
“The Government of Western Lakes State will stand to support the inter-church committee (ICC) and participate in the community peace dialogue and in disseminating peace agreement to the local community in Western Lakes State.” Said Mayiek.
The Arch-Bishop of Eastern Bahr el Ghazal province, Alapho Manyang Kuctiel Nhiera said the inter-church committee (ICC) which is funded by the catholic relief service (CRS) and other faith based groups will work to disseminate peace and reconciliation through organizing peace conferences.
Alapho Manyang said, “The Inter-church committee will train and teach our community about the importance of peace and reconciliation and worse part of conflict among ourselves.”
The Acting Chairperson of the Inter-church committee (ICC) in Rumbek, Elija Magel Manthom on his part said the future of South Sudan is at risk and efforts must be together to bring unity to the people in the nation.
“Most of our leaders and community think that only through war change come to this nation but we have to pray for them so that God changes their hearts as well.”
The Chairperson of the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), Maker Mabor Marial said the faith based groups are interested in working together with the government and NGOs and hence called for support for the inter-church committee (ICC) peace dialogue with the community in Western Lakes State.
“The inter-church committee funded by CRS will have commitment and determination to make sure that peace and reconciliation prevail in Lakes State at large.” Said Maker.
The launch of the Action Plan for Peace and Reconciliation (APPR) was attended by the representative of the civil society organizations, religious groups and representatives from the Muslim committee in Rumbek, Western Lakes State.